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Gala Date Set

Anstey’s Got Talent!


Variety Evening to raise funds for hero charity On Saturday 5th June, members of Anstey Methodist Church, along with family and friends, will be holding a home entertainment evening in support of Help for Heroes. The evening will be in the format of a variety show with various people showing off their hidden talents. Singing, dancing, musical instrument soloists, monologues and poetry readings, jokes etc. will be on offer. The event will take place in Anstey Methodist Church, Cropston Road, The Nook Anstey LE7 7BP starting at 7:00pm. TURN TO PAGE 5

The Old Anstey Bus at last year’s Gala

Anstey Gala Day will be Saturday 18th September 2010. It takes place on the Recreation Ground, Stadon Road, Anstey and this year’s theme is to be the celebration of peace at the end of World War 2 in 1945.  Plans are being made and are suggestions welcome!   Please save Union (Jack) Flags and bunting to decorate the stalls and think about your 1940’s costumes. If anyone has any photos of Anstey and Anstey people, from the war years, or newspaper cuttings about our area, we would love to take a copy to be displayed on Gala day.  (Tiny snaps can be doubled in size on a computer, and of course we can let you have an enlarged copy too).    Please contact Kath on 0116 212 1309 or Anne on 0116 236 3977.

Bradgate, Rothley, Mountsorrel and Birstall Area Forum The next meeting of the Bradgate, Rothley, Mountsorrel and Birstall Area Forum will be held on Wednesday 9th June, at 7.00pm. The venue for the meeting will be Christchurch and St Peter’s CE Primary School in Mountsorrel. As always, the meeting is open to all members of the communities in the Forum area and offers an opportunity to meet councillors and officers responsible for your services and to raise items for discussion. You will also be able to ask a question on any aspect of local service provision. The focus of the meeting on 9th June will be on the progress of the projects that the previous meeting, held on 17th March, agreed should be supported with the Forum’s one-off budget of £20,000. These had been in Mountsorrel, Birstall and the Bradgate area and represented Forum members’ views about what was most important to address local priorities in the Forum area. Cllr Leigh Harper-Davies said “It was nice for me, as a borough councillor, to hear what local people want and see the local community working together in such a positive and constructive way.” Full details of the meeting will be available on the Forums website which is www. If you would like any further information please contact Richard Downing, Community Engagement Manager, on 0116 3055823.

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Anstey Parish Council News from John Alexander (Clerk to the Council) Email: • Tel: 0116 236 2646 Website: May is a key month for parish councils. During the month the council holds its Annual Parish Meeting and the Annual Council meeting.

Parish Meeting This took place on 11th May with over 20 people present. Those present heard the retiring Chairman Martin Broomhead give a report on the past year, a summary of this report will be included in the Council Annual report which will be published in June. A summary of the accounts was also available. Representatives from the Police, Neighbourhood Watch, Anstey Town Charity, the local Allotment Society gave reports and a report from the Twinning Association was read out as they could not attend. County Councillor David Snartt gave a brief report on some parking and speeding issues that he has been progressing through the highways department. Borough Councillors Paul Day and John Sutherington also gave reports on Charnwood Borough business.

Annual Council Meeting This was also on 11th May following from the parish meeting and was the meeting at which the council elects its Chairman for the coming year. Councillor Martin Broomhead had decided to stand down from being chairman. The parish council duly elected Michael Parker to be Chairman and he took over. Councillor Martin Broomhead is still remaining as a parish councillor.

Parish Councillor Vacancy Any person eligible, principally residents of Anstey, are invited to apply to be elected to fill this vacancy. Details about the role and responsibilities were in the last issue but if you have any questions please contact either a parish councillor or me. It is not an onerous role but does require attendance at the council meeting, usually on 4th Tuesday in the month. This is your opportunity to help shape what happens in Anstey.

CCTV Update We finally have an installation date for the cameras around the Nook. This will be done during June. The images will be monitored by authorised staff only, however residences are obscured so that all residential areas remain private.

Recreation Ground Those visiting will have seen the two new benches which the parish council has installed to provide a resting place when walking between Caters Close and Papermill Close. They also provide more places to watch cricket and other activities on the grounds. If you have any comments or questions please contact me in the parish council office.

John Alexander Clerk to the Council

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Anstey girl reaches Miss Leicester finals Local Girl Christie Pickering has made it through to the Miss Leicester finals this year, which are to be held at the City Rooms Leicester on June 4th. Christie who lives on Cropston Road with her Mother and Father Sharon and Michael is nearly 19 years old and is being sponsored by one of our local businesses: Broughtons of Leicester Ltd. You can vote for our local girl on 0901 6561529 and enter 01 or you can text 01christie to 84205. All votes cost 60p plus standard network charge. The voting period began on 3rd May and ends on 4th June. (Votes made after this voting period will not be counted but you may still be charged.)

John J. Sutherington

Charity Fashion Show and Sale

Don’t miss the Charity Fashion Show and Sale on Tuesday June 1st at 7.30pm at the Field Head Hotel, Field Head, Markfield. The ticket price is £5 and the proceeds will go to Rainbows Childrens Hospice. The show is courtesy of SOS Clothing Company and the clothes are all famous major high street brands such as M&S, Per Una, Jane Norman, Monsoon, River Island, Gap, Evans, Principles, Wallis, Next etc. and will suit not just the young and trendy but the mature and elegant too. The garments are all either current season; fabulous samples; Italian and French designers or simply end of line clothing and all at Half Price or less !! You will have the opportunity to try on the garments & there will be facilities to pay by Credit Card. Why not come along with friends and shop for your summer outfits while saving lots of money and having a great evening out too. You could even treat yourself to a meal before the fashion show starts. We are also looking for ladies of all ages, shapes and sizes to model the clothes during the evening. You will be able to pick the outfits out yourself before walking among the audience displaying the clothes, and you don’t have to be Naomi, Kate or Elle, just you! You will also be given the chance to have your make up professionally done before stepping onto the catwalk! So if you think you would enjoy being a model we would love to hear from you. To purchase your tickets, or for more information call Beverley on 07831 101278 or email

Death is life’s way of telling you you’ve been fired.

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David Snartt reports... I am hopeful this will now continue through the process as I believe it will help with highway safety at this junction.

Changes to Street Lighting Leicestershire County Council is changing its street lighting policy.

Another driver exceeds the 30mph speed limit on Bradgate Road

Highway Matters I have had several Anstey residents complaining to me about the traffic speeds along Bradgate Road, especially between The Nook and the Link Road junction. I have contacted highway officers at County Hall to look at what measures may be appropriate to try and reduce the current high speeds. I have now received information that surveys have confirmed that a significant number of motorists are speeding along this section of Bradgate Road and the site meets the council`s criteria for a scheme of speed reduction measures. Therefore in relation to other requested sites this section of Bradgate Road is a fairly strong contender for funding, but realistically a scheme may take around two years to complete. I will keep pressing to deliver these measures as soon as possible. Officers have indicated that for interim concerns relating to traffic speeds, these have been forwarded to the Police. I have now had the consultation information about installing double yellow lines at the junction of Groby Road and Falcon Road. This will, in my view, stop vehicles parking close to the junction, which restricts the vision of drivers when turning onto Groby Road. Several residents raised this matter with me during election canvassing.

This forms part of the councils carbon reduction management programme and contributes towards making Leicestershire greener. This process is expected to reduce energy consumption, carbon emissions and energy costs by up to a quarter. It is estimated that the measures the council are taking could save up to 3,000 tonnes of C02 per year, helping to meet both the national and local emission reduction targets. The council will be also saving money, reducing the energy consumption from street lighting will cut the present energy bill by about £700,000 a year. There are three new options for street lighting across the county: 1. Part lighting in residential areas. The most street lights are on will be changed from all night long to lighting between dusk and 12.00 midnight and again from 5.30am until dawn. This will affect up to 60% of street lights in the county. 2. Dimming of the brightest lights at non peak hours in locations such as through routes in urban areas. This will affect approximately 4% of the street lights. 3. Switching off lights in rural areas. This will only take place in rural areas where it is deemed road safety will not be compromised and will affect approximately 2% of the total lights in the county. The remaining lights which include areas of high night time activity such as town centres, or where traffic calming measures exist will be unaffected. This scheme started in April and will be carried out over a four year period across the county. This type of scheme is already working well in other areas of the UK, indeed some communities are already coming forward asking to be included in these schemes. Before any changes are made within the Anstey area, I understand that there will be consultation with the Parish Council and the Police, who will be working with the council to ensure that crime, disorder and road safety are considered before any decisions are made. If you need to contact me on any issues please write to 10 Groby Lane, Newtown Linford, Leicester. LE6 0HH, e-mail or telephone 01530 244804.

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My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.

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Variety Evening Continued from front page Tickets for the evening will be priced at £6:00 for adults and £3:00 for under 16 years of age. Tickets can be obtained from Anstey Methodist Church coffee mornings (Saturdays 10:00 – 12:00am) or by contacting Mel Cartwright on (0116) 2356505. Included in the price of the ticket will be light refreshments. The evening will have a theme of Military Memorabilia Past & Present, as the weekend coincides with the anniversary of D.Day (6th June 1944). Fancy dress appropriate to the theme is encouraged but not compulsory. A raffle will also be held on the night with various prizes that have been generously donated by local businesses to help us support this worthwhile charity. All the money raised will be sent to Help for Heroes and will be used by them to transform the lives of wounded service personnel. By getting involved in Help for Heroes you’re helping to change the world. Mel Cartwright, co-ordinator of the event says; - “Several members of our congregation have family members, sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters etc. involved in our armed forces at the moment, many of which have served, or are serving, in Afghanistan. One of the ladies commented that whilst everyone is aware when the fallen are repatriated through Wootton Bassett not much is heard about the number coming home injured. So we decided that for one of our charitable fund raising events for this year we would do something to support Help for Heroes and try and raise a bit more awareness of the situation that these brave military personnel may be facing. As an ex-member of the forces myself I had no hesitation in taking on the co-ordination of this event and just hope that we can raise a good amount to go towards the fantastic work that Help for Heroes are doing.”

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Every time I think I’ve hit bottom, someone lends me a shovel.

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Churches Together in Anstey Calendar St. Mary’s Parish Church, Bradgate Road Anstey Friday mornings at 9.30 am Coffee Morning and second hand book sales Sunday 23rd May: 10.30am Pentecost United Service Sunday 13th June: 3.30 - 6pm “Tea at the Ritz” a fund-raising evening at St. Mary’s church rooms Saturday 3rd July: 10:00 AM St. Mary’s Summer Fair with lunches in St. Mary’s church rooms. The Methodist Church, Cropston Road, Anstey Saturdays: 10am - 12 noon: Coffee mornings Saturday 22nd May: Sponsored 20 mile walk & bike ride for Orphanage in Romania. Saturday 5th June: Entertainment evening for “Help the Heroes Charity” Sunday 20th June: 10.30am Celebrating 100 years of working for unity United Reformed Church, Bradgate Road, Anstey First Saturday of each month: 10am - 12 noon Coffee Morning St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Beaumont Leys Lane, Leicester Leicester Christian Fellowship (Anstey house group) Please contact Mr Steve Saulsbury telephone no. 0116 2218576, for details of meetings & services. Saturday 29th May: All Day • Big Church Day Out - see website for details and booking

Cake Break I just wanted to let you know that our cake break held on Tuesday 27th of April at the MS premises on Latimer Street in Anstey, raised the total sum of £453.50! This money will be used to benefit the MS Leicester branch. We would like to thank everybody who contributed to this fantastic amount by visiting us and enjoying a cup of tea or coffee and a piece of cake. Our grateful thanks also go to everyone who kindly donated cakes on the day.

Jane Tindle

Grants available from Leicester Rural Partnership

Leicester Rural Partnership has announced the availability of £400,000 worth of funding to support businesses in Leicestershire’s market towns and rural areas up to October 2012. The INSPIRE Leicestershire programme will provide much needed support to help deliver the Leicestershire Rural Partnership’s economic priorities. A major element of the programme is the provision of grants direct to individual businesses. In total £400,000 of funding is available across 5 priority grant schemes. These include:

• Shop Front Improvement Grant • Working Over the Shop (WOTS) Grant • Rural Redundant Buildings Grant

• Rural Visitor Grant • Equestrian Development Grant

Full details about this element of the INSPIRE programme, including the funding criteria, eligibility and application process, can be found on the LRP’s Oakleaves website at For more information about funding available through the Leicestershire Rural Partnership please contact either Fiona Walker (Rural Services Officer) 0116 305 5673, or Tom Fisher (Rural Economy Officer) 0116 305 7034.

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Baubles and Beads

Our speaker Joe David, a Yeoman Warder at the Tower of London for a number of years, spoke to us about The Crown Jewels of Great Britain.

The treasure of our very early monarchs was secured in Westminster Abbey under the stewardship of The Lord Chamberlain. In the year 1340 it was found that the monks of the Abbey had been selling items in their keeping after the wife of the Lord Chamberlain purchased a large gold plate in Southwark. It was soon realised that this plate was part of the king’s treasure that was in the Abbey. After this small problem, all the treasure was moved and housed in the White Tower in the Tower of London complex. You may ask about the monks who sold the plate, well they where flayed alive and their skins nailed to the church door. A bit gruesome in those far off days. All the possessions accumulated by the monarchy up to the time of the Civil War had been seized by Oliver Cromwell in 1649 and melted down for coinage, but one item that did escape this end however was the anointing spoon, this piece was bought by an individual and given to Charles II after his restoration. King Henry I had originally acquired this spoon. However Charles added four pearls to the spoon handle because he thought it looked a bit plain.

Most of the regalia we see today dates from 1661 when after the Restoration, Charles had many new pieces made at great cost to the crown, most of which was with borrowed money. No wonder he was broke most of the time! The Regalia at this time was housed in the Martin Tower and this was the scene of an attempt to steal the jewels by a Colonel Thomas Blood. He disguised himself as a clergyman, knocked out the keeper of the jewels with a mallet and attempted to make off with the State Crown hidden under his cloak. The keeper’s son captured him later trying to make his escape. After being given an audience with the king, Blood was pardoned and given a pension, how fickle can fate be! In 1885 the regalia was moved to the Wakefield Tower and the public were invited to look at the display, which was housed within a wrought iron cage. Now this was the scene of another attempt to steal part of the treasure. A lady reached through the bars of the cage, grabbed one of the crowns and attempted to make off with it. She was however caught and sentenced to 15 years hard labour for her endeavours. The regalia is now housed in a specially constructed Jewel house in the Waterloo Building having been moved there in 1993 from another part of the same building. At busy times, people may have to queue for up to three hours to view the Crown Jewels.

To give some idea of the amount of material that is contained within the collection, Charles II had 16 great maces of silver gilt and 16 state silver trumpets made, 13 maces and 10 trumpets are on display. To list all the pieces would take up to much space in this short article but Joe David did go through an extensive list including the Exeter Salt that weighs in at 14lb of solid gold and the Plymouth Fountain which is made of 454oz of silver. The collection is still growing even today as our own Queen recently purchased a place setting that was originally in the collection but had been given to a retainer a long time ago. It now sits amongst the rest of the collection where it belongs. If you have not seen this unique collection of our Heritage then next time you go to London make time to go to the tower and be dazzled by the Crown Jewels.

Brian Rowlinson

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.

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Charnwood Borough Councillor’s Report From John Sutherington

General Election Well, now we’ve all calmed down after the euphoria of the 2010 General Election and we have a new Prime Minister in Rt. Honourable David Cameron at 10 Downing Street, with a little help (thankfully) from the Liberal Democrats. Let’s hope the alliance works well and we can together try to get this wonderful country of ours back on its feet again. I did attend the count after the election at Loughborough Leisure Centre and would like to congratulate Mr Stephen Dorrell who was once again returned as MP for the Charnwood Constituency. Our candidate Robin Webber Jones also did very well increasing his vote by 3.2% and for the first time we beat the Labour Candidate into 3rd. place. Well done Robin. The turnout was 71.9%. Sorry I missed saying hello to a lot of you at the Jubilee Hall Polling Station on Election Day but having recently returned to work after 6 weeks off with my broken foot I thought to ask for another day off would be a bit cheeky! I did however manage to say “Hello” to around 850 of you between 4.45 and 9.15pm. Did you like the new set up inside?? I know some didn’t.

Heart Link Petition You may have heard that a revision of Children’s Cardiac Centres is being carried out with the possibility of the centres being reduced from 11 to just 4. I have been asked by Geoff Smart M.B.E. Chairman of Heart link based at Glenfield Hospital to ask as many people as possible to sign a petition to show the panel that Glenfield should keeps its status as a leader in Cardiac Services for Children. If you would like to help please ring me for a form. I have already got the support from all sides of many fellow Charnwood Borough Councillors. I feel it is essential to keep this wonderful facility open at this hospital.

Anstey Issues Good. The light is now working in the jetty between George Street and Stadon Road. Good. The jetty’s and footpaths

around the village are to be checked out to see if they comply with DDA standards. Good. CCTV is soon to be with us in and around the “Nook” area. (Honest!)

Anstey on Saturday June 5th. It will be a fun packed evening with many “Turns” to entertain you. Please enquire at the Church about tickets they are sure to go fast. Drop in any Saturday Coffee morning between 10am and Midday and purchase a ticket or 2. It’s this wonderful cause.

Finally ... New Mayor of Charnwood The new Mayor of Charnwood was confirmed at a full council meeting on May 10th at the Town Hall. It will be. Dr. Jill Vincent Councillor for Loughborough, Southfields. Her chosen Charity will be “STEPS” which is based at the old School Shepshed and offers Conductive Education for babies and children with problems gaining motor skills. It works with Families and enables each child or young person to enjoy and achieve; be healthy; stay safe; make a positive contribution; and achieve as much independence as possible. To support Jill’s charity or ask her as Mayor to attend a function please ring the Mayor’s Office 01509 634781. Email: mayor@ Dr Vincent takes over from Cllr. Roy Brown from Sileby. Who in his Mayoral year attended over 500 events.

2012 Olympics Good and sensible to see that Team GB have seen sense at last and will be using along with the Japanese team, the world class facilities at Loughborough University prior to the start of the games.

Help for Heroes A fund raising event for these brave members of our armed forces will be held at the Methodist Church

To finish as we started, on a political note I have been asked by various people why the Liberal Democrats didn’t do as well as was predicted in the recent General Election? Maybe space allowing in the next Clarion I’ll give you my opinion… Meanwhile please get in touch if you think I can help with any problems, call in sign the petition and have a chat. A trouble shared is a trouble halved. Have a good late May Bank Holiday. Yours Sincerely.

Cllr. John J. Sutherington. 43 George Street, Anstey. Leicester LE77DT. 0116 2204643. M 07939070603. Email: cllr.john. sutherington@charnwood.

WISE WORDS Smile at each other; smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other - it doesn’t matter who it is - and that will help you to grow up in greater love for each other. Mother Teresa of Calcutta 1910-1997

Egotist: someone who is usually me-deep in conversation.

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Compost Corner

Save heaps with compost deal Greenfingered residents can slim their bin and make massive savings, thanks to a special new deal. With summer approaching, the County Council is offering compost bins for as little as £7, representing a huge 80% reduction on retail prices. People can also buy a second one for half price. Composting diverts rubbish from landfill and each unit saves around 150kg of waste each year. Scrunched up paper, vacuum cleaner contents, eggs shells, tea bags and even coffee grounds and filter paper are some of the more surprising items which can also be converted into garden nutrients. Tony Kershaw, County Council Cabinet Member for Waste Management, said: “Leicestershire is the top county partnership and recycles and composts 52 per cent of its waste - we are aiming to increase this to 58 per cent by 2017. “We hope that the new, money-saving deal we’re launching will encourage more people to compost waste at home. This not only cuts the amount of rubbish which needs collection but also provides a boost for gardens.” A 220-litre compost bin is available for £7 and a 330-litre bin costs £8.50. There is a £5 delivery charge per order. A wide range of composting products and water butts are available. For more information and to order, please visit or call 0844 571 4444.

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New to composting? Why not give composting a go. Anyone with outside space can compost at home. For more information you could join the Rot-a-Lot Home Composting Club. Already composting? Think about additional things you could compost, such as eggs shells, tea bags or even coffee grounds and filter paper. Check the list of compostable items at www. . If you need advice you can contact one of Leicestershire’s ‘Master composters’ - a dedicated team of community-based compost enthusiasts - by calling 0116 305 7005. Try peat-free compost. It’s made from recycled materials - and that’s good news for the environment because it helps to cut down the amount of organic waste that is sent to landfill.

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I like you. You remind me of when I was young and stupid.


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Clarion Cryptic Crossword

TREASURER REQUIRED ST MARY’S PARISH CHURCH, ANSTEY is in urgent need of a TREASURER. If you have accounting experience, including the use of spreadsheets, you may be prepared to help us, if only on a short-term basis until we can find a permanent replacement. This is a voluntary position requiring a few spare hours each month. You do not need to be a member of the Church, but as money is involved, together with a high degree of confidentiality, we would require the names of two referees.

Clues Across

Clues Down

1. Convincing business fellow? (6) 7. Tells in documents? (7) 8. Two animals follow a letter‑mixture (7) 9. Curses in loathsome setting (5) 10. To twist reeds in tent is kindest (9) 12. Front cut of sirloin ‑ it’s respectful to say so (3) 13. Support that is not quite proper (4) 15. Ugly place ‑ one observes natural minerals (7) 17. In this way small feet become pliable (4) 19. Used to be before (3) 21. Plots overthrow of prince, S.O.S. (9) 22. Ungainly animal arrived with fifty (5) 27. Granite can be broken rending does it (7) 24. Fur left in disarray - delicacy produced (7) 25. Nears the borders (6)

1. A hundred assorted rattles ‑ makes quite a row (8) 2. Smiles about a few particles (6) 3. Just the room for seedlings (7) 4. In motion, but hasn’t gone far? (5) 5. Bigger scraper? (6) 6. Snakes as an afterthought (4) 7. I and a friend surround a fellow ‑ to mimic (11) 11. The tide must turn for the slimming plan (4) 13. Produce a fairy from an experiment (4) 14. There’s a time in the newspapers for portents 16. Put back two materials (7) 18. It’s well‑known that foam is turbulent over America (6) 20. Herring has its head off for doing wrong (6) 21. A hundred departed, causing a split 22. Acts badly for spiteful women (4)

Solution: page 19

If you think this role could be for you please phone Roy, one of our churchwardens, on 0116 236 3139 for an informal chat and more information. There is more general information about us at www.

CTiA Holiday Club:

The King and The Castle Holiday Club this year follows epic adventure of the Fall of Jericho, the struggles of Queen Ester and the Armour of God. Come and have fun knocking down Jericho, blowing horns, making armour and being kings and queens. Three days of jam packed adventure and excitment, entertainment, action songs, games and craft. Transporting you back to the days of old.... Dates: 3rd - 5th August at Anstey Methodist Centre. For more information, or to download a booking form, visit the Anstey Clarion website at

Some people are living proof that evolution can go in reverse.

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Anstey Crown promoted Anstey Crown FC clinched promotion to the North Leicestershire Football League Premier division in dramatic style. On a very warm afternoon, late in April (hard to believe I know) Anstey Crown FC played its final Division one league game at home to Belton Villa knowing that a win would clinch promotion to the premier division of the North Leicestershire Football League. Both teams knew what was at stake and during the first half the honours were even until the away side stunned the large Anstey crowd with a well crafted goal that came against the run of play. Anstey Keeper Matt Breward had controlled his penalty area well until a shot from wide on the left flashed into the net giving the visitors a lead that could well have left them in the final promotion place. The Crown responded well to going behind and were soon level, two goals from poacher Simon Moore and one from top hit man Tyrone Smith put the Crown into a position they were not going relinquish, and so it proved. The final whistle came and the crowd, players and officials realised what had been achieved, Premier division football. Anstey Crown FC has come a long way in a short period of time, from its origins in 1995, links with Anstey Town until 2007 and then reforming in 2008/09 as Anstey Crown FC. The team has been promoted through the divisions in the NLFL, winning Div 4 2003, runners up Division 3 2004, Promoted to Division 1 2008 and finally gaining promotion to the Premier Division 2009 /10. Chairman Rob Breward would like to thank his hard working committee and loyal sponsors, without their efforts and support this would not have been possible. For the final time this season the team and officials would like to thank, the Vojon Restaurant, CO OP Travel Anstey Branch, Tag Building Ltd for their valued and greatly appreciated sponsorship. Anstey Crown FC would like to invite sponsors however small to make contact with club secretary Gemma Rich on 01509813431 to discuss all opportunities for the coming season. The club are grateful for the enthusiasm shown by the new owners of the Crown Public House, Bradgate road Anstey, they have made the team very welcome on match days, the club would like Heather and Justin for their support, and the club look forward to developing links during the coming season. The team continues to train throughout the summer on Tuesday evenings at the Mowmacre Hill sports ground Leicester, We would like to invite all players and interested parties to make contact in the first instance with Rob Breward on 07704053943 or Jock Coleman on 07813969509.

Rob Breward Chairman and 1st team Manager, Anstey Crown FC.

Leicester City Ladies (u16’s) looking for new sponsor & players for next season Leicester City Ladies (U16’s for next season) are looking for a sponsor for next season. If you are a local business and would be interested in sponsoring the team kit please give us a call. We are also looking to recruit additional players to our successful squad in preparation for next season.If you are currently in years 9 or 10 and are interested in coming down for a trial/training session. Please contact us on 01530 243172.

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Popular TV Show Comes To The Area

Time Team visits Groby!

The people of Groby have always known that the village has a rich, interesting and diverse history. Now Channel 4’s Time Team programme has unearthed, in the heart of our settlement, more proof of the important buildings that housed our ‘ancestors’. For 3 days, 13-15 April 2010, a large group including archaeologists, a film crew and a production team, took over the Old Hall land. After John Gater’s group surveyed the site with ‘lawn mower’ technology, mechanical diggers, spades and trowels were quickly in action to delve more deeply. Tony Robinson (alias Baldrick) enthusiastically skipped from trench to trench while Mick Aston and Phil Harding got down to the dirty work. Phillippa Gregory, a well-known author, also visited the site. She recently published “The White Queen”, a novel following Elizabeth Woodville through a turbulent life, to become wife of Edward IV and mother of the “Princes in the Tower”. Before this, Elizabeth lived here in Groby for some years as the wife of Sir John Grey, who was killed during the 2nd Siege of St Albans. The churchyard of St Philip and St James allowed many onlookers to witness the uncovering of ancient stones that have remained hidden for so long. the evidence that people have lived continuously on this site since the 11th century. The mound, that is near the bypass, which supported a small Norman castle, built by Sir Hugh de Grantmesnil, was first investigated in the early 1960s when the bypass was planned. A young recently qualified archaeologist, with the assistance of local people, including the Richardson family, found evidence of stonework digging deep into the mound. The Time Team spent three days digging the mound and elsewhere in the grounds of Groby Old Hall and seemed excited with their discoveries. The whole team were friendly and welcoming to onlookers, informing people of their findings and posing for many photographs. We have to be patient, the programme will not be screened until next year. The information they have gleaned, will also take a year to be collated and to appear on the Time Team website.

Duck eggs stolen A resident of Leicester Road witnessed the stealing of five eggs which the white ducks had laid near Anstey’s Pack Horse Bridge. The theft took place at 9pm on Wednesday May 5th. The resident chased the thief towards Castle Hill Park but turned back when she felt her own safety was possibly at risk. The resident was very upset and saddened by this callous and selfish act. The thief was described as a white male, in his mid to late 30’s. The Police have been notified.

Gill Waldram, Groby Heritage Group

A taster of what was found Time Team went further than the 1960s dig on the mound and got to the bottom of a flight of stone steps into a stonewalled room inside the castle mound. Elsewhere they found various medieval walls, 2 large pillar bases, the base of an oriel (or tall bay) window which would have been at the best end of the Great Hall, a black and white tiled floor and pottery from the 12th to 15th centuries, some of very high quality. So we had a very large and high status, manorial building. We look forward eagerly for the interpretation in the programme, which we expect, will explain why Groby’s Old Hall was once so grand and important.

Alison Coates, Groby’s Heritage Warden

The older you get, the better you realize you were.

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Thurcaston And Cropston Open Gardens Weekend ~ 26th and 27th June 2010 ~ For the last three years Richard Hill School PTA have organised an Open Gardens weekend in the villages of Thurcaston and Cropston. These have been a great success and much appreciated by many members of the community as well as raising funds for the school. This year the event will take place over the weekend of Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 June. Once again gardens in Thurcaston will be open on the Saturday 26th only and gardens in Cropston on Sunday 27th. We hope to have at least 10 in each village of varying types…small and large, perfect and more wild !.Entrance will cost £4 per person (accompanied children and wheelchair users free) and tickets will be valid for both days. They will be available on the day from any of the gardens themselves or on the Saturday from Richard Hill School. They can also be purchased up to 2 weeks in advance from the Richard Hill school office, Anstey Lane, Thurcaston (Mon-Fri 9am-3pm only please) . There will also be a plant swap on the Sunday in one of the gardens (56 Latimer road) where you can bring along a spare plant or two of your own and swap them for something else. This was very popular last year and many people went home with a number of new free plants for their gardens. Why not start collecting some of your own plants now ready to swap…maybe spare seedlings you’ve grown on or a plant you’re dividing this Spring? Proceeds from this weekend will go to the School’s PTA funds which help pay for ‘extras’ for the children at the school….most notably of late these have been playground markings, a school garden, equipment for lunch-time and after-school clubs as well as many much needed books. The Richard Hill School Summer Fair will also be on the Saturday afternoon 1- 4pm with stalls, games, bouncy slide, luxury raffle and refreshments. For more details of this weekend please contact or phone Linda on 0116 2363872 or look out for the posters around the villages nearer the time. Do come along and join in this great community weekend!

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Exciting day of golf at Orton Meadows

The Society travelled to Peterborough on Saturday 24th April for an exciting day at Orton Meadows. This is a short course totalling 5208 yards with a total of seven par 3 holes. This favoured those players with higher handicaps and plenty of points were up for grabs. The weather was again very good to us and this was evident towards the 18th hole with some tired legs and suntanned faces. The day finished with 4 players at the top of the leader board and the count-back scenario came in to favour Kingsley Edwards in 1st place and Scott Hunt in 2nd. Nearest the pin was secured by Will O’Brien and longest drive went to Kevin Batson (Capt.). The day was superbly rounded off by dinner and a presentation in The Crown. Our next day out is at Kilworth Springs on Saturday 29th May. The Society welcomes new members and information can be found in The Crown.

Don’t Miss the Redgate Farm Fete & Garden Party! Redgate Farm Animal Sanctuary, Shaw Lane, Markfield is staging a Fete and Garden Party on Sunday 6th June 2010 between 11am and 3.30pm. There will be loads of attractions including Craft Stalls, Hot & Cold Food, Teddy Bear Tombola, Ice Creams, Bouncy Castle, Side Shows, Bric-A-Brac, Games, Raffle. It’s a day for the young and the young-at-heart! Entrance is FREE and there’s plenty of parking - access off Billa Barra Lane. If you would like to have a stall at the fete, please call the Sanctuary on 01530 243925 . There is no charge for participating stall-holders (although a donation towards the work of the Sanctuary would be more than welcome).

improves support for people with Multiple Sclerosis A newly converted coach garage is set to provide people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) across Leicestershire better access to vital support as part of plans for a new dropin centre. After 25 years as a storage facility, the building in Latimer Street Anstey has been renovated by the Leicester and District branch of the MS Society thanks to generous donations and fundraising by the local community and businesses. The new facility offers the use of a meeting room for approximately 50 to 60 people, fully fitted kitchen facilities and two disabled toilets and is the first phase of works set to make the building a hub for people affected by MS offering physiotherapy, exercise classes and information events. The long-term intention of the Branch Committee is to hire out the facilities to other community groups who need to hold meetings and classes. There is still some way to go before our plans are complete though with the addition of a lift and an upper floor with offices and therapy rooms. The premises will be open to everyone affected by MS, and we will be arranging information events for newly diagnosed MS patients and carers. We also hope to arrange fundraising events such as coffee mornings and jumble sales and occasional quiz evenings. We also hope to reach out to the wider community as well by offering space to meet and hold small events but will need to raise funds to continue renovating the second floor. The centre will now be used every Tuesday between 11am and 2 30pm as a drop-in centre for everyone affected by MS. For more information on the branch and what it can offer, please call 01509 414201 or email

Charity Cycle Ride to Skegness At 6am on 5th June 2010, Steve Johnson the branch President, formerly the Tigers captain and the voice of rugby on Radio Leicester will be joining approximately 100 riders in a sponsored cycle ride to Skegness. He is being joined by many old Tigers rugby players (DROGLITES) It is hoped they will raise sufficient money for the Leicester and District Multiple Sclerosis Society, to complete the building work at the drop-in centre at Anstey. Some riders expect to complete the 92 miles in five hours, they hope to get there for dinner/supper at 6pm. If you wish to support them please give generously-you might even wish to join them? If you do please e-mail your details to martinjisaac2003@yahoo. and an application/sponsorship form will be forwarded to you. Please send any cheques to Martin Isaac, 22, Prince Drive, Oadby, Leicester. LE2 4SB. Please ensure that you give your full name, address and postcode in order that we can claim gift aid from the government.

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POLICE MATTERS April Crime Figures Welcome to this months – Police Matters. The crime figures for the month of APRIL show a pleasing decrease in all areas. Whilst it is a fact that crime can be cyclical, the downward trend is also undoubtedly attributed to the vigilance of local residents who contact Police when suspicious person(s) or vehicles are seen in various circumstances. A good example of this was a call from a resident on Charles Drive in early April reporting 2 males ‘trying front door handles’ at around 0500am in the morning. This one call generated an immediate response from Police and officers were quickly in the area arresting two males matching the description close by. The males had come to Anstey from another area to commit crime and you can be sure that this positive action by the local resident and Police will send a clear message to any other criminals who feel that a trip to Anstey to commit crime will be worthwhile – it Won’t! Many thanks to the resident concerned and a timely reminder to ensure that any suspicious person(s) / Vehicles are reported to Police, using 999 if you think a crime is in progress as was the case in the above example. On another positive note, you may remember a report of a Distraction Break that occurred on Cropston Rd where a male had been arrested close to the scene. The break received good coverage in the Leicester Mercury, and the elderly resident involved assisted greatly with good descriptions and details of the crime very shortly after it had occurred. The male concerned has been convicted for this Distraction Break as well as a number of other offences around the country and has subsequently been jailed for 6 years. As always we would ask you to call CRIMESTOPPERS if you have any information at all about any crime. Your call will always be free, we won’t ask your name and you may even receive a cash reward. Just call – 0800 555 111

PC 1841 Parker / PCSO 6662 Wright Anstey Neighbourhood Beat Team, Charnwood Local Policing Unit

Description of Crime



Burglary Dwelling


Gynsill Close

Burglary (Non-Dwelling) Shed, garage, etc.


The Martin High School on Link Road

Burglary by Distraction


Theft of Motor Vehicle

1 (Motor Bike)

Andrew Road

Theft From Motor Vehicle


The Nook

Damage to Motor Vehicle


Link Road

Criminal Damage Dwelling


Stadon Road

Criminal Damage (NonDwelling) Shed, garage, etc.


Domestic Incident


Theft Person


Theft Cycle


Home Farm Close The Nook

Theft Store


Co-Op Store on Cropston Road

Theft Property


Rosebery Road




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Two Prizes This Month! Win a £20 Broughtons Word Search Puzzle Lunch Voucher OR a Cream Tea for Two at Little Acorns X W O F T W N G B M C L X V Q















Councillors’ Contact Details Parish Council Chairman Michael Parker, 124 Cropston Road, Anstey Tel 0116 236 3525

Parish Councillors Nigel Aston, 10 Fulmar Road, Anstey Tel 0116 221 0979 Vicky Ball, 91 Cropston Road, Anstey Tel 0116 212 5315 Martin Broomhead, 170 Bradgate Road, Anstey Tel 0116 236 4228 Steve Farmer, 36 Charnwood Road, Anstey Tel 0116 210 3391 Ian Grogan, 52 Edward Street, Anstey Tel 0116 235 1762 Dave Parker, 21 Cherrytree Close, Anstey Tel 0116 236 7914 Roger Peat, 262 Link Road, Anstey Tel 016 236 4863 Mike Roe, 37 Stadon Road, Anstey Tel 0116 235 9815 Brian Rowlinson, 187 Bradgate Road, Anstey Tel 0116 236 7548 John Sutherington, 43 George Street, Anstey Tel 0116 220 4643 Sarah Taylor, 39 Hazelhead Road, Anstey Tel 0116 220 4770 Chris Tunaley, 41 The Green, Anstey Tel 0116 292 1604

Clerk to the Parish Council: John Alexander, Anstey Parish Council, Parish Office, Stadon Road, Anstey Tel 0116 236 2646 • e-mail

Charnwood Borough Councillors: Paul Day, 251 Bradgate Road, Anstey, Tel 0116 236 4376 John Sutherington, 43 George Street, Anstey Tel 0116 220 4643

Leicestershire County Councillor: David Snartt, 10 Groby Lane, Newtown Linford Tel 01530 244804

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 BARBEL BLEAK Address: ............................................................................................................. BULLHEAD CHUB ............................................................................Postcode: ............................. CRUCIANCARP DACE If GOLDENORFE you can find 12 FRESHWATER FISH in the Wordsearch grid above, you could win a £20 Lunch Voucher to spend at GUDGEON Broughtons MINNOW Luxury Coffee Lounge, Cropston Road, Anstey (First Prize) or a Cream Tea for Two at Little Acorns Tea ROACH Rooms, Inside Sevenoaks Garden Centre, Newtown Linford. STICKLEBACK All you have to do to go into the prize draw is find - and mark a line TENCH through - the names of 12 freshwater fish. These can run vertically, horizontally or diagonally (and backwards!). Send your marked entry forms to: GONE FISHING, Anstey Clarion,  PO Box 8, Markfield, Leics. LE67 9ZT to arrive by Tuesday 8th June  Please remember to fill in your name and address. The sender of the 2010. first correct entry drawn out of the hat will win the £20 Broughtons Lunch Voucher (see advert on page 18). The sender of the second correct entry drawn out of the hat will win the Little Acorns Cream Tea. Good luck! Here are the 12 TYPES OF FISH you have to find:

Thurcaston & Cropston Gardening Club April Meeting We were treated to a very interesting and fascinating talk on ‘Herbs in Tudor Times’ from Vanessa Parkinson aka Mistress Lettys Parkyn. Re-enacting the life of a 16th century herb gardener, Lettys uses the speech and mannerisms of the time to provide a light-hearted look at the life of a poor Tudor woman. Mistress Lettys explained that, throughout this period, all plants other than trees were known as ‘herbs’ and every plant had a purpose. Nowadays we categorise herbs more simply and all other annuals (those who’s stems dieback annually) are bracketed together; hence the term, herbaceous border. There were herbs for medicinal use; feverfew, heartsease, lungwort etc. Herbs for colour, particularly for the dyeing of cloth: madder (red) Greater Celandine (orange) etc. The herbs we are all familiar with, those used in cookery, to flavour and decorate food; thyme, mint, parsley etc. Lavender and lemon balm were often strewn on floors to disguise unpleasant smells. Whatever was needed there was a ‘herb’ to fit the requirement. Thank you Mistress Lettys for a very enjoyable evening.

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Last issue’s TWO winners The winner of the Red Lion Voucher was: BARBARA ETOE of Edward Street, Anstey. The Little Acorns Voucher was won by MRS. SHEILA TRETT of Peartree Close, Anstey. Congratulations! Your vouchers will be with you within 21 days.

• JUNE: On Wednesday evening June 9th we will be visiting the NGS garden of Mr. & Mrs. Wyrko, 6, Park Hill, Gaddesby. Come along and join us!

Paul Day, Chairman

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Let’s Get Physical! 5 week course dance for beginners (for adults)

Zamba Dance Wednesdays 6pm-7pm at Jubilee Hall, Anstey 16th June-14th July Sessions cost £2.50, or £10 if you pre book for all 5 sessions To book contact Active Together on 01509 632534

Monthly Buggy Walks from Anstey Library 10th June 1.45pm 8th July 1.45pm 12th August 1.45pm 9th September 1.45pm Cost £1 (tea and coffee available afterwards)

Martial Arts 28th July- 25th August 2010 (for adults) Martial arts taster sessions that will combine Karate, Tae Kwon Do and Kickboxing. Martial arts exercises help to improve your strength, power, speed, flexibility as well as learning self defence in the process. Wednesdays 6-7pm Jubilee Hall, Anstey • Cost £3. To book contact Active Together on 01509 632534.

Half-term family fun in Leicestershire Libraries National Family Week 2010 is taking place between 31st May and 6th June and is reportedly the UK’s biggest celebration of family life. It also coincides with The Book Trust’s Bedtime Reading Week. Libraries across Leicestershire will be hosting over 30 events throughout the week with some special National Family Week Storytime activities taking place on Wednesday, June 2nd . Storytime events will include: Stories from Around the World, Bring a Granny Family Storytime and Story Weaving. There will also be a number of special Bedtime Reading events where young children and their parents will be invited to bring along a teddy or turn up in their pyjamas. National Family Week celebrates the diversity of the modern day family, championing the benefits of quality family time and encouraging a healthier and more active approach to family life. Bedtime Reading Week encourages parents to share stories with their children at bedtime and give them a chance to relax and enjoy a special moment together. For more information about events being held at Leicestershire’s libraries during the week visit:

Open Day at Stephenson College If you would like to check out the courses and state of the art facilities at Stephenson College why not pop along between 3-7pm to their open day on Wednesday 23rd June. Stephenson College, Thornborough Road, Coalville, Leics. LE67 3TN. T: 01530 836 136.

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STRIDE Family Fun Day: Rothley Join us for our Family Fun Day and 5-A-Side football tournament on Bank Holiday Monday 31st May 2010 at Rothley Sports & Social Club, Loughborough Road, Mountsorrel. Bouncy Castle • BBQ - 12pm - 2.30pm • Pony Rides • Penalty Shoot Outs • Facepainting • Bikini Car Wash • Fancy Dress Competition - Under 12’s • Raffle Prizes • Cake competition • Refreshments • Prize draw to win a car worth £3000 donated by STRIDE Automotive • Baked Bean Bath • Stocks • Hook a Duck • Plus much more! Adults £1.50 • Children FREE The 5 a Side football tournament starts at 11am and any teams wishing to enter can email ngibson@ or call 0116 223 0636. Entry price per team is £25. This is a fundraising event with all proceeds going towards helping David Robinson to get to America for treatment for his brain tumours. Please take a minute to visit David’s website for more awareness of this cause http://davidleerobinson.

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LIVE Entertainment What’s On At Local Pubs & Clubs

There’s always lots happening at the local pubs and clubs - take a look at what’s on offer this month! The Old Hare & Hounds 34 Bradgate Road, ANSTEY T: 0116 236 2496 EVERY Thurs: QUIZ (Free to Enter-various prizes) EVERY Day: WII Games The Coach & Horses The Nook, ANSTEY Tel: 0116 236 5816 Sat 5 June: SOUL & MOTOWN (Every 1st Sat) EVERY Tues: KARAOKE EVERY Thurs: QUIZ (Music & General) EVERY Sun: FOLK (Acoustic) Stadon Sports & Social Club 62a Bradgate Road, ANSTEY Tel: 0116 236 4542 New Members Welcome. Room for Hire/Catering if Reqd. BINGO ~ EVERY Tuesday ~ 9pm Start. Sat 22 May: RICK MARTIN Sat 19 June: MARTYN GOODSON Alternate Thurs: QUIZ 9pm May 27th, June 10th & 24th (With Free Supper) The Crown INN Bradgate Road, ANSTEY T: 0116 235 0505 EVERY SUN: QUIZ Night 8.30pm Start. Groby Ex-Servicemen’s Club Leicester Road, GROBY Tel: 0116 287 1809 NOTICE TO MEMBERS New Members Welcome Fri 21 May: STEVE BEECH Sat 22 May: CHRIS ROBIN Sun 23 May: Super Sunday ‘50’ Fri 28 May: GEE’N’US Sat 29 May: DAVE B Sun 30 May: Super Sunday ‘50’ Fri 4 June: The GREAT GABBO Sat 5 June: ALAN TURNER (X Factor) Sun 6 June: Super Sunday ‘50’ Fri 11 June: COLIN WINDER Sat 12 June: DANNY GRANT Sun 13 June: Super Sunday ‘50’ Forest Hill Golf & Country Club Markfield Lane, Botcheston Tel: 01455 824 800 Mon 31 May: FAMILY Fun Day FREE Entry ~ 12 – 6pm.

The Stamford Arms Leicester Road, GROBY Tel: 0116 287 5616. Sat 22 May: (No ‘Band’ 2nite) Sat 29 May: TRIBUTE ~ PLANET ABBA+Support (Ticket:£10 ~ Buy in Advance) Sats Entertainment in June on hold~World Cup on Wide Screen. KARAOKE ~ Every Wed OPEN MIC ~Every Thurs JAZZ ~ Every Sun 3-6pm QUIZ – General Knowledge + Find the Joker~EVERY Sun QUIZ – Music~EVERY Tues The Brant Inn Leicester Road, GROBY LE6 0DU T: 0116 287 2703 Fri 21 May: LIVE BAND Fri 21 May: (also) Psychic Nite Fri 28 May: KARAOKE (Classic) Fri 4 June: ALAN JONES Fri 11 June: KARAOKE (Tim) The Plough, Burroughs Road, RATBY T: 0116 2392103 EVERY Tues: QUIZ ~ 8pm. Sat 5 June: DERELICT (Classic Punk & Rock Covers) Wed 16 June: AMERICAN Custom & Classic Car Show (6.30pm Start) Free. The Field Head Hotel Markfield Lane, Markfield Tel: 01530 245454 TRIBUTE Nights All £2 Entry after 7pm. Fri 28 May: TAKE THAT Every 2nd Tues: QUIZ Nite The Coach & Horses Leicester Rd, FIELD Head Tel: 01530 242 312 KARAOKE Night:Sat: 29th May (’King of the Road’) Sundays: QUIZ Night Skittle Alley/Room for Hire Old Thatched Inn, Stanton. T: 01530 242460 Sat 22 May: THE MARTINS (See Advert on Page 5) The Charnwood Arms Bardon. T: 01530 813644 TRIBUTE NIGHT:FREDDIE MERCURY Fri 28 May: £10 Ticket (Includes Supper & Disco) Every MON Night:- POKER (Tournament) Free~Starts 7pm.

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As part of our aftercare service, we now offer a monthly Bereavement Aftercare & Support Group, which has been set up to provide a FREE support service, not just to our clients, but to ANY bereaved person, irrespective of their age, creed, religion and length of bereavement. The group meets on the 1st Saturday of every month (except at Bank Holidays) in the catering suite at Anstey & District Funeral Services between 10am and 12noon.

Next date: Sat 5th June 2010 & Sat 3rd July 2010 ARRAN BRUDENELL Tel: 0116 234 0548

Letter from Uncle Eustace

On why Arts Festivals in church are a bad idea The Rectory St. James the Least

My dear Nephew Darren Your decision to hold a Summer weekend Arts Festival in church, bringing culture to your inner city streets, was most commendable. Pity, how it all turned out. The Friday evening started well with the concert of Scott Joplin piano music. Obviously knowing that the pieces were originally played in seedy bars on pianos wildly out of tune with several notes missing, your committee must have gone to endless trouble to find precisely the right instrument. Your stage hands, were, however, less careful and hadn’t noticed that the platform had a noticeable list to port. After each piece, the pianist had to relocate the piano stool closer to his nomadic piano, with the last piece being performed with both entirely out of sight behind the pulpit. It created much innocent entertainment for the audience, but the fault really should have been remedied before the Saturday evening choir concert. Discarded kneelers and rotting hymn books do not form a stable base for a stage supporting an 80-strong choir. So when it came to the enthusiastic rendering of hits from “Oklahoma”, with copious hand movements, it came as something of a relief that the stage took this as the moment to signal defeat, tipping the tenors behind the altar. The audience’s thunderous applause, assuming this was a carefully choreographed part of the performance, was quite touching. I am sure all the compensation claims will soon be sorted out. Your one great mistake was to take on responsibility for organising the refreshments afterwards. Church entertainments committees have centuries of collective experience in judging the numbers of ham sandwiches and bottles of milk required. I am forever proud that our own ladies – through years of experience – can now get 34 cups of tea from every tea bag and can butter bread so thinly that one pack can last several months. What you now do with 89 surplus loaves of bread is a problem you have brought upon yourself. You could possibly use them for supporting the stage next year.

Your loving uncle,

Eustace SOLUTION to Cryptic Crossword on page 10 Across: 1 Cogent 7 Informs 8 Anagram 9 Oaths 10 Tenderest 12 Sir 13 Prop 15 Eyesore 17 Soft 19 Ere 21 Conspires 22 Camel 23 Tearing 24 Truffle 25 Verges Down: 1 Clatters 2 Grains 3 Nursery 4 Afoot 5 Grater 6 Asps 7 Impersonate 11 Diet 13 Peri 14 Presages 16 Replace 18 Famous 20 Erring 21 Cleft 22 Cats

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“Come on, wake up!” she snapped. “I haven’t got all night. In fact under the new regulations I’ve got seven minutes forty-nine seconds per client, and it’s already taken me a minute and a half to wake you up.” Peter sat up in bed, and stared at her. She looked damp, and cross. “Who are you?” he asked. “I’m your fairy godmother, of course. Don’t they teach you children anything these days? I’ve come to deliver your three wishes.” “You don’t look like a fairy,” objected Peter. “You’re wearing a raincoat and wellies.” “Naturally, stupid child, it’s raining. Now can we get on, please. Three wishes, as quickly as possible, I’m running late.” She produced a small lap-top computer from under her raincoat, and sat with her fingers poised impatiently over the keys. Peter thought. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried thinking at three o-clock in the morning with a fat cross fairy sitting on your feet, but it’s not easy. “I don’t understand,” he said. “What do you mean about new regulations?” The fairy god-mother sighed. “Well, if it’s any business of yours, we’ve been taken over. The management reckoned we weren’t getting round quickly enough. If we don’t get to people before they reach the Age of Incredulity, it’s too late. They simply can’t see us. So some people weren’t getting their regulation three wishes at all.” “What’s the Age of Incredulity” asked Peter. “It’s the age when most people

MICRO-CHIP MAGIC A Magical Short Story by Local Writer Lindy Hardcastle

stop believing in magic,” she explained. “Usually about the age of ten. Of course some poor souls go on all their lives believing they can have what they want just by wishing for it, but they are beyond our help. Anyway, as I was saying before you interrupted, they decided the only way to speed up the process was to amalgamate us with the Tooth Fairy Section. Can you imagine? So unskilled, poor dears, just glorified rag-and-bone men really. They are finding this work very taxing.” Peter yawned. He was drifting back into sleep, when another sharp prod from the umbrella roused him. Three wishes! It was a wonderful opportunity, but just for the moment, he couldn’t think of a single thing he wanted. There had been something.....what had he been thinking about when he got into bed last night? Of course, that was it! “I wish I could be picked for the school football team.” “Granted.” said the fairy godmother briskly, as she typed rapidly onto the computer keyboard. “I can deal with simple request like that on my own authority. More complex matters have to be referred to Head Office. Next wish, please.” This was more difficult. There were so many things Peter wanted, but none of them seemed important enough to spend a wish on. If this really was his only chance, he must get it right. It would be amazing to have his own computer, and he badly needed a new football, since that old meanie next door wouldn’t give his old one back. But, you couldn’t spend a wish just on that. Perhaps he should ask for something really spectacular, like a trip to Disneyland. “Oh, do hurry up,” cried the fairy. “I’ve six more to do after you tonight!”

Suddenly Peter saw the solution. This way he could have everything he wanted. “I wish I could be rich,” he said. “No imagination!” snapped the fairy.” Everyone says that. It’ll have to be referred to Head Office. Last wish now, and be quick about it.” Now Peter really was stuck. If he was going to be picked for the team, and be rich, there was nothing else he wanted. “I know my sister would like to pass her next piano exam...” he began. “Can’t be done. “ said the fairy.” The rules are being very strictly enforced under the new management. All wishes to be used directly by the wisher. Absolutely not transferable. Besides your sister had her own three wishes last year.” “Did she really?” asked Peter. “She never told me.” “Of course, how do you think she passed her last piano exam? It certainly wasn’t by practising,” sniffed the fairy disapprovingly. “And if she’d told you, the wish

Quick Quiz: Test Your Brain! Think you’re clever? Then try this little quiz. Answers are alongside. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Some months have 30 days, some months have 31 days. How many months have 28 days? If a doctor gives you 3 pills and tells you to take one pill every half hour, how long would it be before all the pills taken? I went to bed at eight o’clock in the evening and wound up my clock and set the alarm to sound at nine o’clock in the morning. How many hours sleep would I get before being woken by the alarm? Divide 30 by half and add ten. What do you get? A farmer had 17 sheep. All but 9 died. How many live sheep were left? If you had only one match and entered a COLD and DARK room, where there was an oil heater, an oil lamp and a candle, which would you light first? A man builds a house with four sides of rectangular construction, each side having a southern exposure. A big bear comes along. What colour is the bear? Take 2 apples from 3 apples. What do you have? How many animals of each species did Moses take with him in the Ark? If you drove a bus with 43 people on board from Leicester and stopped at Birmingham to pick up 7 more people and drop off 5 passengers and at Bristol to drop off 8 passengers and pick up 4 more and eventually arrive at Plymouth 20 hours later, what’s the name of the driver?

wouldn’t have come true. Surely you know that? Now please hurry, I’ve only got one and three-quarter minutes left.” Peter’s head was spinning, and he was so tired. He simply couldn’t think. “Oh, help,” he whimpered, “I wish you would go away and let me get back to sleep.”

When Peter woke up next morning, he realised at once what he had done. “I wasted that last wish,” he said to himself. “Never mind, if the other two worked, I’ll be fine. Unless I dreamed the whole thing.” He looked about for signs of the fairy godmother’s visit. There were certainly no piles of gold or jewels in his bedroom, but perhaps now the system was computerised, the riches he had asked for would be paid directly into his Post Office Savings Account. There was a damp patch on his duvet, where he

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t was the middle of the night, and Peter was having a bad dream. He was dreaming that there was a large lady sitting on the end of his bed, prodding him with an umbrella. He woke up, and found there was a large lady sitting on the end of his bed, prodding him with an umbrella.

1. All of them. Every month has at least 28 days. 2. 1 hour. If you take a pill at 1 o’clock, then another at 1.30 and the last at 2 o’clock, they will be taken in 1 hour. 3.1 hour. It is a wind up alarm clock which cannot discriminate between a.m. and p.m. 4. 70. Dividing by half is the same as multiplying by 2. 5. 9 live sheep. 6. The match. 7. White. If all walls face south, the house must be on the North Pole. 8. 2 apples. I HAVE 3 APPLES, YOU TAKE 2, WHAT DO YOU HAVE? 9. None. It was Noah, not Moses. 10. YOU are the driver.



ANSTEY CLARION • Issue 19 • Late-MAY 2010 • Tel: 01530 244069 thought the fairy had sat, but that could have been the cat. It would be easy enough to check about the football team anyway. The list should be on the notice board today. He gobbled down his breakfast, and ran all the way to school. Then he found he was too early to go in. The children had to stay in the playground until quarter-to-nine. Peter was hopping from foot to foot in an agony of impatience, when he saw Mr. Russell going in through the front door. “Sir, please, Sir,” shouted Peter. “Are you going to put the team list up?” “I put it up at the end of school yesterday,” smiled Mr.Russell. “Didn’t you see it? Don’t worry, Pete, your name’s at the top of the list. You’ve played really well this season, you’ve earned your chance.” He went into school. This was very puzzling. Peter was in the team all right, but was it his wish or his hard work that had done it? Mr.Russell said the list had gone up yesterday. If he had seen it then, would his name have been on it? And if not, could it have got there this morning, without Mr.Russell noticing the change? Could a wish alter something that had already happened? Peter shook his head. His brain seemed to be going round in circles. He had made the team! that was all that mattered. Much better forget all about the fairy godmother, and get some football practise in. There was still no signs of the promised riches when he got home. Peter tried to think of a way to get his Mum to check his Post Office Account for him, but he couldn’t see how to do it without telling her about the wishes, and the fairy godmother said if he told anyone about them, they wouldn’t come true. Another confusing circle for his brain! What with all this unaccustomed thinking, and lack of sleep the night before, Peter was ready for bed earlier than usual. The last thing he expected was to be woken up again.

“Wake up, boy,” said a gruff voice in his ear. It was a man this time, tidily dressed in a business suit. It was the lap-top computer that gave it away. Peter had seen one exactly like it the night before. “You’re not a fairy godmother too, are you?” he mumbled sleepily. “I’ve had my three wishes already.” “Certainly not,” said the man sharply. “I’m from Head Office, Management. And I know you’ve had your wishes, it’s all down here on the computer. Made a mess of number three, didn’t you?” “Sorry,” muttered Peter, “she muddled me, that fairy, making me hurry. I’d have been all right if I’d had time to think.” “Not to worry,” said the Man from Head Office. “It happens a lot. The worst thing to say is “I wish I’d never set eyes on you,” because then you lose the first two wishes as well. But what I really wanted to see you about was wish number two. Being rich.” By now, Peter was beginning to suspect that the whole thing was a swizz. It was going to turn out just like those letters his mum and dad sometimes got, the ones they called junk mail. They said you had won a car, or a holiday, but you never had really. “I’m not going to be rich, am I?” he asked miserably. “But of course you are!” said the man. “We always deliver the goods. It’s just that, as you can imagine, we do get this request from a lot of people, and what with the recession, and the population growth, well our resources are not unlimited.” “I don’t understand,” said Peter. “ Just tell me, am I going to be rich or not.” “Certainly,” beamed the man, “According to my calculations,” and he tapped the keyboard, “You are due to be very rich in the year 2083.” And with that, he disappeared.

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Brownies wanted

Opportunities for Girls aged 7-9

In December 2009 The Clarion ran an article appealing for volunteers to save the 2nd Anstey Brownie unit. As a result, there are now three new leaders: Andrea Peterson (Brown Owl), Jessica Carter (Tawny Owl) and Sue Simpson (Snowy Owl). Sadly, however, the unit is once again under threat. This time, we need new Brownies!

Several girls have recently moved up to Guides, and more are going to move up later this year. So, we now have vacancies for girls aged between 7 and 9. In addition, for younger girls who are also interested in joining Girlguiding UK, we hope to start a Rainbows group in the near future. This is a really exciting time to join, as we’re celebrating our Centenary. For further information please contact Andrea Peterson (Brown Owl). Tel: (0116) 2350098 or Email:

Walk Of Life & Village Fete The Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People 2010 Walk of Life will take place for the thirteenth consecutive year on Sunday 13th June. The walk starts at Victoria Park in Leicester. Walkers can opt for a 5 or 15 mile route and if your aspirations outweigh your ability there is a bus between checkpoints for the weariest of walkers. This year we will also be holding a Village Fete at the start line with stalls, rides and a dog show so that all the family can get involved. Registration for the walk costs £5 and every walker will receive a goody bag and medal. Registration forms are available from or by calling 0800 952 1133.

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Successful season conclusion with President’s Day on 2nd May After a season of mixed fortunes disrupted by the harsh winter weather your Club team finished on a high with a good win against the invited President’s Side, followed by the traditional eight hour party in the Coach! The new league structure, where we were placed in Division Two (of six divisions) of the Leicestershire Leagues suited us well with far less long distance travel on a Saturday afternoon. Winning five and losing seven games in the league was a fair reflection on the general performance leaving us mid table and ready to improve in 2010/11. There were seven other wins in friendlies with a similar number of losses. An excellent surprise County Cup win over Oakham was a highlight in the early part of the season, and although we were knocked out in the next round by Leicester Forest, it was great to see a complement in the Leicester Mercury from their captain – “Anstey battled really hard and were extremely solid up front. They gave us a better game than the scoreline might suggest” More Cup action in the President’s Cup (aka the Spring Cup) where after dispatching Sileby and Aylestonians in the earlier rounds we were up against the winners in 2008 and 2009, playing Burbage at the Stoneygate Ground. Early chances were missed, but at half time Anstey were still in with a shout to lift the Cup. The second half saw some good rugby from both sides, but it was Burbage who were doing the scoring and in the end lifting the cup for the third year in a row. The Dinner Dance and Presentation evening is/was on Friday 14th May. New Players – any age seven to seventy welcome for next season. Just check out the website for contact details. Anstey RFC are pleased acknowledge the financial help from our sponsors Ulverscroft Books and Words & Graphics and the support of Chris, Glenda and the staff at the Coach & Horses

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All the latest news from Anstey WI MAY MEETING: Members of Anstey WI gave their unanimous approval of the resolution for the National Federation’s IGM, calling for clearer indication of the country of origin on food labelling. President Jackie Dawson is looking forward to going to Cardiff as the delegate. Members competed for trophies in baking, crafts and floristry. Beryl Boyes made the best Victoria sponge, Elizabeth Robinson produced the winning foliage arrangement, and Sheila Timms made the winning bookmark. There followed a light-hearted quiz set by Chris Figgins. Gill Jones won, but ended the evening slightly crestfallen when she broke the bottle of wine that had been her prize.

APRIL MEETING: “Smile please – say cheese” was the intriguing title of Ian Rogerson’s talk to Anstey WI. Would the subject be cheese, or photography? Perhaps the fact that the competition called for a cheese recipe was a clue, but it soon became clear.

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As he set out his wares before he began to speak, delicious cheese aromas drifted across the room. The smile part of the title was by no means irrelevant, however. A cheeky character, Mr Rogerson’s quips and repartee would have had the audience rolling in the aisles, had there been any. An entertaining and most enjoyable evening ended rather more quietly as members sampled a wide range of cheeses, each with its own wonderful flavour.

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       

  

May 2010 Anstey Clarion  

The May 2010 issue of Anstey Clarion Magazine